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RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
This ninth edition of our Stone Vertical Epic Ale series takes two interesting left turns. A Belgian-style golden triple is the starting point of this beer, but the first left turn is nearly immediate with the addition of dried chamomile flowers, triticale, and Belgian amber candi sugar. The second, and rather unusual left turn takes us half an hour up the road from Stone to Temecula courtesy of the addition of just-pressed Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our friends at South Coast Winery. As the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series has moved through the calendar, we found that the brewing schedule for a 10.10.10 release coincided nicely with the grape harvest, neatly providing an interesting twist in this epic ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoth (667) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Pours cloudy copper with a medium beige head, very fine clinging lacing. Fruity and malty aromas, biscuit, grass, grape, spice, and a hint of bubblegum. Medium body, smooth and creamy. Medium sweet, some citrus, light bitter finish. Malty notes linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcon25 (658) - Duvall, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2015
Bottle pour at Brouwer?s in Seattle, after the first Mariners win of the season. Light golden pour, sweet wood yeast aroma, flavor of wood, oak age, smooth beer, nice age on this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Certainly the most complex of the VE series Iíve sampled. Hazed golden body has a thin ivory head that leaves patch and sheet lacing on the goblet. Aroma has fruity white grape skins, overripe Anjou pears, perfumey incense, and herbal chamolile. Medium full body has a subtle carbonation and a syrupiness. Taste is grape skins, candy sugar, vanilla, herbal chamomile, and charred incense. Alcohol is nicely concealed. A bit overly sweet. Reminds me of drinking liquid incense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Sorry to say I did not like this one because I thought the idea of adding grapes to a beer was an interesting concept. Poured this 22oz bottle into some tumblers for tasting. Light white yellow fizzed color with very thin head. Aroma did give a white whine and sweet Belgium candi and yeast elements, but nothing to write home about. Really the let down was that I was getting to much alcohol taste which is ok in some beers but I hoped this would have been better hidden. I may have had this to warm which added to this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Banana and bread nose. Palate follows suit and add Candi sugar and apple juice. Sweet Belgium style beer. Drank this after cellaring 2 years. Tasty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2010
bomber. Pale Belgian w/ lots of twists. Long vinous finish, chardonnay & riesling. Perfectly drinakable. Spot on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2011
22 oz bottle pours a hazy golden color with a minimal head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has a lot of fresh grassy and spicy hops, grapes, and plenty of sweetness. Flavor is sweet, with some spice, grassy hoppiness and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium body and moderate carbonation. The alcohol is pretty well hidden in this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gorditoabd (635) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours a fey golden hue with minimal fizzy, fast-fading white head. Aroma is practically null, except for maybe a hint of white grape. Taste is malt and hay, followed by a semi-sweet white wine turn, but itís all wildly understated. A second sip reveals a touch more sweetness, but overall this brew is pretty bland. Hopefully, itís just immature and needs to bottle age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (623) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2013 (11/4/2010 - bottle) A slightly hazy, orange amber body with basically no head (bad glass maybe?). The aroma has strong yeast tones; dough, overripe fruit, some alcohol and mild sweet toasted malt. Very sweet up front with a slight tangy-sourness that creeps up as the beer travels back. Pretty acidic, and a bitter aftertaste of orange peel. Maybe a little too acidic for my liking, but I like the sourness at the same time. A little flat, too. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as time goes by, and the aftertaste gives way to the warm alcohol sensation in the mouth. I might try another bottle just to see if this oneís a bit off. Itís not bad. Aroma: 7 Appearance: 3 Taste: 5 Palate: 3 Overall: 12 (03/06/2013 - bottle) Hazy orange body, wisp of a head. Sweet floral and Belgian yeast aroma; honey, flowers, banana, medium spice (clove, allspice), grape, pear. Medium to full body, some carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Flavor of grape/white wine, light spice, yeast, moderate to heavy sweet. Aroma: 8 Appearance: 3 Taste: 7 Palate: 4 Overall: 16

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Pale orange with a thin, large-bubbled head. Spicy plum and bubblegum nose with "smoked lychee", cheddar, new tires, and nose-burning alcohol. Tastes sweet and sour, pineapple and raspberry, peppery/gingery spice, cheese. Potent ethanolic heat. Creamy and nearly uncarbonated. Faint chamomille and bell pepper (sauv blanc) in the finish; butter and boysenberry aftertaste. Interesting but not great. All those indredients just get messy. A pervading cheese and harsh alcohol character throughout. An average, missed-the-mark attempt a Belgian ale.

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